In 1850 Baldwin & Co. designed an 1850 $10 private
gold coin that is known as “The Horseman.”
The obverse displayed the image of a cowboy riding
horseback, and the reverse was similar to the design
of Federal Issue $10 Eagles of the era.
A genuine Horseman coin is a major numismatic achievement,
and can fetch tens of thousands or even hundreds of
thousands of dollars at auction depending on its condition.
These 49er Horseman coins are special commemoratives
designed to look like the original Horseman coin from
Baldwin & Co. They have a special link to California
Gold Rush history and to the S.S. Central America
shipwreck. Each one contains .54 ounces of gold that
was recovered from ingots assayed in 1857 by Justh
& Hunter and recovered from the S.S. Central America
Only 4,006 of these coins were issued and all were
struck in 2002. They were made with painstaking detail
using original methods that would have been used with
the original Horseman coins of 1850.
Each coin is struck with a beautiful mirrored finish
and is designated by PCGS as Deep Cameo Proof. They
are remarkable pieces to own and are a very important
part of California Gold Rush history.